Officials ID Second Victim in Boulevard Fire

Ethan Anderson was initially part of an Amber Alert launched Monday after authorities found his mother's body

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    Courtesy of Alan McNabb
    Christina and Ethan Anderson in an image from a family friend.

    Five days after the discovery of a second body in a deadly house fire in Boulevard, officials confirm the victim was a boy sought in a six-state Amber Alert.

    San Diego County sheriff's homicide detectives confirmed Ethan Anderson, 8, was found dead after an intense house fire in San Diego's East County.

    Ethan died along with his mother Christina Anderson of Lakeside on the property of James Lee DiMaggio.

    Emergency personnel were called to the 2000-block of Ross Avenue in the unincorporated community of Boulevard east of San Diego around 8 p.m. Sunday for a structure fire.

    San Diego Sheriff Updates Amber Alert Search

    [DGO] San Diego Sheriff Updates Amber Alert Search
    San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore updates the investigation into Boulevard homicide suspect James Lee DiMaggio and his alleged abduction victim Hannah Anderson of Lakeside. (Published Friday, Aug 9, 2013)

    DiMaggio's log cabin-style home and detached 3-car garage were fully engulfed in flames.

    Firefighters called in sheriff's deputies when they recovered a body on the property.

    Once crews were able to bring in a bulldozer on Monday, they recovered a second body and several weapons burned in the fire. They also recovered the body of a dog.

    Detectives could not make a positive identification until DNA analysis of material extracted through bone marrow returned Friday.

    DiMaggio, 40, is accused of killing Christina and Ethan Anderson although detectives have not released the cause of death.

    Law enforcement officers have located DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson, Ethan's teenage sisiter near Cascade, Idaho, approximately 80 miles north of Boise and roughly 400 miles from the Canadian border.

    Officials discovered the vehicle linked to DiMaggio on Friday covered in brush with the license plates removed about 15 miles northeast of Cascade.

    Initially, investigators believed Ethan was also traveling with DiMaggio and Hannah. 

    Friends and family have been praying for Ethan, calling the young boy a great kid with lots of friends who love him.

    Friends have also said Ethan and Hannah had a strong sibling bond, with little fighting and lots of love between them.

    As a family, friends say the Andersons were very happy and seemingly had a great relationship.

    Officials have not released how Christina Anderson and the unidentified child were killed. They also have not identified a possible motive.

    Christina's father, Christopher Saincome, said his daughter went to visit DiMaggio's home to say goodbye to the family friend before he moved to Texas.

    Hannah Anderson attended El Capitan High School in Lakeside where friends described DiMaggio as having a crush on the 16-year-old girl.

    As for a motive behind the murder, arson and kidnapping crime spree, Sheriff Gore said they don't have one just yet.

    "We all have come up with a theory but really it is speculation and we wont know until we get Hannah and DiMaggio back here for further questions," he said.

    A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with burial costs. Go to WePay and search for "San Diego Anderson Family Support Fund."